Alfred Hitchcock Presents
Series 1, Episode 8


   Robert Stevens
   Robert C. Dennis (teleplay); Dorothy L. Sayers (story)
   Everett Sloane, Beulah Bondi
   20 November 1955
   24:37 (total) • --:-- (film) • -:-- (Hitchcock)
   6/10


Our Cook's A Treasure
When a new housemaid (Beulah Bondi) moves into the home of a middle-aged married man (Everett Sloane) and his much younger wife (Janet Ward), he suddenly becomes sick. After reading in the newspaper that a housekeeper is still at large for poisoning other victims he starts to suspect he is a victim himself, especially after a laboratory confirms the presence of arsenic in his cocoa. After much deliberating, he fires the maid, who later turns out to be an important ally for him.


TRIVIA
HITCH'S PROLOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...

HITCH'S EPILOGUE (-- secs):
TO BE ADDED...



SPOILERS
Yep, it was the wife all along. Saw that one coming twenty minutes before the end!



IN MY HUMBLE OPINION...
Unfortunately, the suspense is quite subdued by the predictability of the conclusion here. Fans of Laurel and Hardy movies may recognise the doctor - played by Walter Woolf King (from "Swiss Miss"). Amusingly, each new episode is presented by Hitchcock with a touch of humour; this one has him sampling three glasses labelled X,Y and Z. 'Z' is poison.
GEOFF THINKS...
Yes, sadly we all knew it would be the wife. She's young, beautiful and has a virile, vibrant dancing partner to whom she often refers lovingly, while her husband is prematurely decrepit through overwork and the sheer dreariness of being a '55 model American executive. In The Lodger, the real killer is caught offscreen, and a similar tactic is employed here. We don't need to know anything about the real murderous housekeeper ; it turns out she's incidental. It's a lesser episode but it does have that startling final close-up of the wife with the cup of poisoned cocoa. Hitch's opening and closing comments are, as always, excellent and funny - and essential to lighten the mood after such a grim tale.

THE CAST
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Ralph Montgomery... EVERETT SLOANE
Mrs. Sutton... BEULAH BONDI
Ethel Montgomery... JANET WARD
Earl Kramer... ELLIOTT REID
George Brooks... GAVIN GORDON
Secretary... DORIS SINGLETON
Dr. Pritchard, card player... WALTER WOOLF KING
Chemist... OLAN SOULE


GALLERY
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Acknowledgements:
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0508224/ [IMDb]

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